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This is a blog that our whole committee uses to tell their story of what's happening and what they are doing on a daily basis for the improvement of our Golf Gardens Miraflores community in Riviera Del Sol. We want our community to be "The best place to live on the Costa del Sol" and only with a dedicated team of owners who are prepared to commit time and effort to the cause, will we achieve our goal!

The Spanish Postal System is a nightmare!
04 August 2008 @ 13:10

Our community has been receiving mail for the past 4 years without a problem, the postman had the door code, he came in and delivered accordingly into the owners boxes, occassionally leaving obscure letters neatly under a stone, in the dry, on the side for owners to try and deliver themselves using their own personal knowledge. this seemed to work quite smoothly up until a few months ago when we were informed that the rules had changed and "POSTMEN DO NOT NEED TO GO ONSITE" they can just leave it at the gate and thats enough?

Our post for the 3 phases started being dropped at the sales office and then was distributed around when someone called in or went past. Now the sales office has closed, we were finding heaps of mail stuck between the railings outside the main gates, on the floor and soaked through from the sprinkler systems on the community....its a complete nightmare for all 3 phases.

We therefore decided to install a large community postbox on the wall outside our main gate. Every owner was sent a sticker to rebadge their own postbox to make things even easier over 50% of owners have now clearly identified their postbox. 

A couple of the resident owners then agreed to check and deliver the post into the inside boxes on a daily basis, this appears to be working at the moment, but what happens when they both go away at the same time. We have also toyed with the idea of paying the cleaner a little extra to do the job for us, which puts it on a more formal footing. 

What is concerning is the amount of incorrect mail we are now receiving for the other phases and more disturbingly lots of other communities. It's as if the postman just goes around the communities in the area and sticks a wad of letters in any postbox he sees, so that his bags are empty when he gets back to the sorting office. We reguarly have to put 30-40 letters a week back into the post for resorting, that have been delivered to the wrong community...so how many of our letters are going elsewhere and binned????

All in all, the post in Spain has become a total disaster, it was never great, but it did appear to work and its important for a lot of people who are looking out for pensions cheques, birthday cards, family letters, new bank and credit card post, not to mention, community fees, summons and legal letters that are being sent to debtors.

We then investigated moving all our postboxes outside the main gate or to install a complete new set which has a cost implication of over 3000 euro's, but then we are all concerned that the postman will just leave the post on the top anyway and all the junk leaflets will be left to blow about the place and make the whole area a complete scruffy eyesore, so that has been abandoned!!

Has anyone else experienced the same problem and how have you resolved it, any hints or advice greatly appreciated.   


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pilgrim said:
05 August 2008 @ 20:23

Unfortunately, we are not talking about Royal Mail, where the post is sacrosanct.

We experienced problems initially and still get alternative instructions from time to time from the Correos, which can be very disconcerting.

My prostate results were found in a mailbox three streets away, two months after the posting date!!

Fortunately the recipient knew me and kindly passed them on to me, on a trip out. All clear, by the way. PHEW!!!


CHRISTINE said:
08 August 2008 @ 00:05

WE HAVE BEEN LIVING ON OUR SITE 5 MONTHS AND STILL DONT GET MAIL THE DO COME ON SITE BUT ONLY DELIVER TO OTHER PHASES I CANT OPEN BANK ACCOUNT WITH OUT POSTAL ADDRESS WERE MY MAIL IS DELIVERD


BONEY said:
28 August 2008 @ 09:10

I LIKE TO MAKE SPANISH FRIENDS.I LIVE IN IN A SMALL STATE NAME ASSAM UNDER INDIA.NOW,THROUGH INTERNET I TRY TO LEARN THE SPANISH LANGUAGE.SO,I KINDLY REQUEST TO MAKE ME A FRIEND OF YOUR's.GRACIAS


BONEY said:
28 August 2008 @ 09:11

I LIKE TO MAKE SPANISH FRIENDS.I LIVE IN IN A SMALL STATE NAME ASSAM UNDER INDIA.NOW,THROUGH INTERNET I TRY TO LEARN THE SPANISH LANGUAGE.SO,I KINDLY REQUEST TO MAKE ME A FRIEND OF YOUR's.GRACIAS


BONEY said:
28 August 2008 @ 09:11

I LIKE TO MAKE SPANISH FRIENDS.I LIVE IN IN A SMALL STATE NAME ASSAM UNDER INDIA.NOW,THROUGH INTERNET I TRY TO LEARN THE SPANISH LANGUAGE.SO,I KINDLY REQUEST TO MAKE ME A FRIEND OF YOUR's.GRACIAS


BONEY said:
28 August 2008 @ 09:11

I LIKE TO MAKE SPANISH FRIENDS.I LIVE IN IN A SMALL STATE NAME ASSAM UNDER INDIA.NOW,THROUGH INTERNET I TRY TO LEARN THE SPANISH LANGUAGE.SO,I KINDLY REQUEST TO MAKE ME A FRIEND OF YOUR's.GRACIAS


samantha said:
02 September 2008 @ 15:56

Hi there,

I have had numerous problems over the years with the Spanish postal system. Try this company - I use them for all my mail and I think they MAY be able to sort your community post out. It is certainly worth a try....
Website www.imxmail.com


GGM2 said:
07 September 2008 @ 18:05

Samantha

thanks for the response, but its inward mail to the community not getting to us via the spanish postal system that we have the problem with not outward, i personally own a direc mail company in the Uk so understand fully what IMX can do for a community.


melissa said:
04 January 2009 @ 11:06

The spanish postal system in Fuengirola (los boliches) is HORRIBLE!!!! I have been living there for a year and we did not get mail sent to our door for 3 months!! We then (by accident) discovered our mail must be picked up at the post office. The service is the worst I have ever experienced!! 20 people in line, one poor lady doing her job and 2 other "employees" shooting the breeze! My mail that i can see plainly on the shelf is according to the staff "not there" but that "I should come back tomorrow" and by some strange coincidence my mail and 4 weeks worht of time magazine are waiting for me the next day. what the hell is that about? suddenly we had our mail deleivered to the flat for about 2 months and them STOP no more. been like that for a few months now.
I have gifts sent from canada and Norway that have been sent back to the sender (costing them lots of money) becasue I did not pick it up but according to the post office they had nothing for me and if there was something a paper notice would be sent to my flat!!!! but since they do not deleiver to my flat how is this possible???? I can not even begin to expalin the anger and frstration this has caused. Our phone was cut off and my bank account in the UK barred temporarily 3 times!!!(when your mail gets sent back they barr your transactions)!!! if there are anymore people with similar experieced let me know, I want to form a group that can press the council to do somthing. its 2009 and fuengirola is not a tiny little village in the caves, this should not be happening!


Lilith said:
11 October 2011 @ 12:27

I was just browsing the internet about the Spanish postal service, just to see if I am the only one. I agree that it has come from bad to worse. Not only is the postal cost very high, but the delivery service is simply awful. I live in Girona, a small city, but still it's the capital of the province. Since an efficient postman left last year there was nothing but inconvenience. First I was told bluntly that I had to go down to the main entrance of the building to pick up my packages/letters that were bigger than the letterbox, except if they were registered. Then I started to receive these tickets for picking up packages at the post office, which I used to get when I was not home at the delivery time, even when I was home. When it went on for a few months, I complained to the post office, and the lady there complained to the person responsible. Things didn't change, then I complained again, and I was told that it was up to the postman's free will whether to ring the bell or not. Since then I have to go to the central post office down town to pick up all packages, and they take a much longer time to come. So, the lesson seems to be that complaints are wrong and will be punished. Besides, there is this obligatory new service charge for taking care of custom duties for packages outside the European Union. The more you pay, the worse the service gets. Considering other types of service that I have been getting during the more than ten years living here, this truism is no surprise.


George said:
04 January 2012 @ 03:29

I sent two packages to Utrera, Seville and as I understand it, they are now in Madrid. Unfortunately, they have not been delivered and they are asking what the contents of the packages are and the value. This information are all in the custom declaration form with the packages. I think what they are doing is prolonging this delivery and eventually they will charge some fee for the delivery. This happened to me already and eventually they delivered the package after I decided not to pay the fee. This is a scam they running. Somebody has to investigate this.



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